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Irish government must pursue designated special status for north in EU – Adams

5 November, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said there is now an obligation on the Irish government to begin looking at alternatives to Brexit, in line with the will of citizens in the north to remain in the European Union.

He said the pursuit of a special designated status for the north within the EU was imperative. 

Teachta Adams said:

“This week’s All-Island Civic Dialogue focused heavily on the consequences of Brexit that are already impacting on the island of Ireland and the potential pitfalls arising from any negotiations in the time ahead. That’s a necessary component of the discussion that must happen.

“However, there is now an obligation to move the process forward and begin to look at alternatives to Brexit. That means accepting and acting in line with the will of citizens in the north to remain in the European Union

“Just a Brexit will be David Cameron’s legacy, the choices pursued now will determine the legacy of the current Irish government and will impact on generations to come. 

“The choice is simple - acquiesce to the demands of London and allow the north to be dragged out of the EU, or pursue the credible path to argue at European level and with the British government for the north to be designated a special status within the EU. 

“Just as there are massive challenges, there is also the opportunity to plot a new course and stand up for the majority of people who voted to remain, to stand up for our national economic interests of all-Ireland trade and employment, and to stand up for the agreements and progress.” 

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